Unexpected Camper Gets An Offer

A few years ago during the Blue Devil summer camp, an in-state receiver showed up and wowed the coaching staff enough to earn an offer. Now, Raphael Chestnut is among the best at his position on the Duke roster. On Saturday it seemed like deja vu as another local prospect showed up and earned an offer from head coach Ted Roof and Duke.

"Duke called me this morning and said I had an offer coming to me," said Burlington (N.C.) Williams receiver Tony Foster. "Right now they'll be my first offer, so it really vaults them up my list."

Foster, just like Chestnut four years ago, was not pre-registered for the camp. Instead he just showed up unannounced and begin excelling almost immediately in the various speed and agility drills.

"I ran a 4.44 and a 4.47 in the forty and then ran a 4.1 in the three cone drill. I kept slipping, so I had to run it three times. The last time I had a couple of coaches over there all watching. From there I thought I had a chance to get offered."

What solidified the offer was most likely Foster's performance in the positional drills in which he showed off a pair of very soft hands and the ability to make split second adjustments while running routes before watching the ball into his hands. Often earning the praise of both assistant coach Scottie Montgomery and quarterback Thaddeus Lewis.

"Coach Montgomery is a really good coach. He's a funny guy and he likes to joke around with the players, but he's also very serious on the field and you can tell he knows what he's talking about. He really helps you and makes sure you do what it takes to get that little edge on your opponent. I like that in a coach."

With his first offer behind him, Foster will continue with the recruiting process in hopes of adding to his offer sheet before making a decision later this fall.

"Right now I'm hearing a lot from Wake Forest, NC State, North Carolina, and a few other small schools. I camped at Wake last week and they said they need to get my transcripts before they can offer me. The coaching staff over there was really good to talk with."

"My plan is just to take some visits between now and the end of my senior season and then commit to a school by late November. Duke wants me to come back in the early fall to watch practice and then a game or two so I can see the entire football program and how they run their offense. If I feel comfortable with them I could commit before my plan though."

Foster measured out at 6-foot-1 and 175 pounds while at Duke over the weekend. As a junior for Burlington Williams he returned kicks and was the team's top wide receiver. This year Foster expects to add punt returner and defensive back to his resume of positional experience.

"I think it's good to play as many positions as you can. It helps you know what other players are thinking."


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